Consistently ranked among the most negative campaigns in American history, the 1988 Presidential election was a landmark contest that rewrote the ground rules of modern-day political combat.
“Above the Fray: The Lessons of Dukakis ‘88” is the story of that race as told by the Democratic Presidential Nominee, Michael Dukakis.
From his rise to national prominence to his crushing defeat at the hands of Vice President George H.W. Bush, “Above the Fray” underscores the personal and political drama of 1988, revealing the stories behind the strategic missteps of the Dukakis campaign. With NBC News reports and never-before-seen footage, it’s a cautionary tale about what it takes to win and why it’s necessary to engage a political opponent when the chips are down.